I dropped my Moto G Stylus (one of the worst phones of all time) and the screen shattered, and since I didn’t have the money to get a good new phone, I decided to get a cheap phone to last me until I could get a better one. I saw the Coolpad Suva, and decided to bypass all of the bad reviews and get it, cause it was cheap.
I discovered quickly that the bad reviews were all correct. What a worthless piece of shit this phone is. This review won’t plainly convey just how absolutely terrible it is.
Despite having 3GB RAM/32GB ROM w/support for up to 64GB MicroSDᵀᴹ Card and a 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor, this phone is so slow it’s basically dead. Completely unresponsive, apps freeze all the time, buttons refuse to acknowledge being touched, and when things do work, they work for a very short period of time. The sound on the speaker for music or hands-free talking is low, and I regularly have to hold the speaker up to my ear to hear someone talking to me while in speaker phone mode.
From Boost Mobile (with my comments):
“The Coolpad Suva is an elegantly designed (not true, though more thought went into the design than anything else) smartphone (not true) built with purpose (not true). It features multiple built-in security options for your preference, quality (not true) dual rear cameras to ensure vibrant photos with every shot, dependable power with the quick charge battery so you can leave the worry behind and offers multiple Bluetooth audio pairing for an enjoyable sound experience on the perfect sized 6.1″ HD+ display.”
This phone is god awful. There are so many problems with it I can’t even think of them now that I’m trying to write this. I may come back to it when I think of them.
One issue I know I’m having is, the apps do whatever they want when they want. Every time I turn on my screen, I get a Gmail notification, so I go open it and there’s no new email and the notification goes away. Turns out it’s my Gmail synching, and it has to be displayed in the notification bar. If that’s a new thing with Gmail, it happened the night I broke my last phone and before I could buy this POS in the morning, because I’ve never seen it before.
My Facebook Messenger app does NOT notify me of new messages until I open it up, then I get flooded with new messages. Only phone I’ve ever had that has done that.
I don’t even play games on it, and I only have two I like to play, but they require a responsive display, and that’s not happening with this phone. I recently contacted them to tell them about another issue I had, and their response was almost like a giant SIGH with defeated tone, like, they know it sucks but what can ya do?
“First of all, I have to say, the Suva is the single worst phone I’ve ever owned. I’m not sure why you thought it was a good idea to release it how it is, but whatever.
I just got a spam text message and decided to report the spam, but there was no option to do so, so I tapped on the block number option and got a message that they would still be able to message me but I wouldn’t be notified of it, AND, the message was then archived instead of deleted. That’s not blocking anything, it’s just not telling me I’ve been messaged. What is that crap? Do you not know what blocking means?
I’d love to hear your reasoning for this, but I really don’t care. I won’t have this phone much longer and then I’ll block the memory of owning it from my brain.”
So yeah, they can still message me and I’ll still get them on the phone, the phone just won’t tell me I got that message. So I’ll see it if I go to my messages for another message that I WAS notified for. Their response, even though I said I didn’t care?
“Thank you for reaching out to Coolpad!
Blocking the phone numbers on your phone has an option for you to do so, This means that the person can still send you a message but your phone will be unable to receive it. We suggest turning on the Spam Protection on your under Messages > Settings > Spam Protection.
To permanently block the phone numbers, You can contact your carrier to register the phone number on your carrier’s Do Not Call list.”
Sure. This phone sucks and they know it. Boost Mobile has it listed as a $100 phone but it’s on sale for $50. Even at that price point, look elsewhere. Maybe get a nice flip phone. I wouldn’t accept this one as a gift.
Also, Boost Mobile used to be a good network, but now that Dish owns them, they fucking suck. I’ve only been back with Boost for a couple of months now, but I’m looking elsewhere. Maybe Straight Talk.
Out of 10 possible stars, I rate this phone a 1 because I can’t give it a 0. I mean, I COULD, cause it’s my fucking rating system, but I programmed it stupidly yet still released it.